The porn issue has reared its ugly head again, this time in New York.  Librarian Andy Woodworth discusses the story in his blog, noting that the porn thing distracts from all the good things libraries do.  The media does like a good porn story.

As those of you who read my blog know, my opinion on this is pretty strong.  I feel that viewing pornography on a public access computer is akin to walking in the front door of the library and dropping your pants.

Not. Appropriate Behavior.

Why librarians feel compelled to drag the First Amendment out on this is beyond me.  Most libraries choose not to collect pornographic materials for their collections. Why is viewing that material in digital format any more acceptable?

There are a lot of issues that librarians can get behind. This shouldn’t be one of them.


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  1. svm

    I tend to agree with you on this one. If we’re going to get out on the ramparts, this is not the issue to do it on.

    I think part of the problem is that anything taken to its logical conclusion tends to become illogical at that extreme end of things. It’s all a balancing act.

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